December 27th, 2012, 02:39 AM
Horseback riding excursion
For anyone that has done the horseback riding excursion, should you wear long pants or can you wear shorts since you go into the water?
December 27th, 2012, 09:40 AM
We did the horseback riding back in 2010. but our ride was at the plantation. We didn't go in the water. I wear shorts for that. I didn't have a problem. But yet I was raised in the country.
December 27th, 2012, 01:38 PM
For the horseback riding excursion where you ride in the ocean you should wear long pants. This is to prevent against chaffing while in the English saddles. We've worn swim suits under our clothing before (though some outfits actually have a place where you can change and can bring your swim gear in a bag). Another option that works well is wearing zip-offs. Before riding in the ocean you can simply remove the legs and then replace them afterwards. They'll give you ample time to prepare while they're getting the horses ready.
December 27th, 2012, 07:43 PM
I thought I would share a funny story from a past CN trip where two couples we met went on the same horseback riding excursion. The 1st couple loved it, especially the ride through the ocean... and they highly recommended it. The 2nd couple hated it. They wore shorts and sandals and came back all scratched/chaffed up from the ride. I asked them if they enjoyed the ocean part like the other couple? They said no, explaining that the 1st couple rode up front but they rode near the back... and therefore they waded through tons of floating horse crap the whole time. They went into disquisting details about it and how they couldn't wait to get back so they could shower.
Anyway, I thought it was funny how two couples had such a different perspective on their horse back riding adventure. :-)
Hope you have a great ride!
December 28th, 2012, 08:50 AM
If you are going into the water, understand you will be up to your knees in the ocean (up to the horse's shoulder). We wore sneakers rather than swim shoes, and regretted it, because there is no way to keep the seawater out of the shoes. I recommend swim shoes or very old sneakers.
Pants are a good idea. There will likely be a place to change out of them (but don't expect a locker room - it will probably be a 3-sided stall). If you forget your pants (boy, if I had a nickle for every time.....) you can use a towel to shield your legs from the saddle.
December 28th, 2012, 09:22 AM
I wore shorts, once. Not comfortable and they were Bermuda (longer) shorts.
December 28th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Is horseback riding still available as an included excursion through CTI? I've seen conflicting messages on the subject. Thanks in advance!
December 31st, 2012, 05:00 PM
Horseback riding is not offered as an included excursion through CTI. You can purchase this excursion at the tour desk of the resort...or ahead of time if you choose.